Without reliable internet, reporters would be almost out of work. The public always wants to be in the know with the latest and breaking issues; years ago this was impossible, but thanks to the internet and technology, this is easily done.
Newspaper and magazine apps can easily be updated in an instant to reflect the latest headlines. Twitter can announce life changing news and Facebook can give the public an in-depth look on a recurring issue the hour it happens.
There has always been a need for breaking news; technology has just changed. The telegraph was the very first “Twitter” in the early 19th century. Morse code tapped out the first banner headlines, and journalists had to fill in the rest of the story before going to print.
Today, news stories not only read very differently, but they are compiled faster. Now that there is wireless internet and social media in the pocket of millions of citizens across the country, journalists have faster ways to expand on their stories.
For example, at a press conference a journalist is always sorting through what a spokesperson is saying. They could mention an sudden unknown fact and journalists have to be ready to question them about it. This can happen in a matter of minutes and when that slip happens, they have to be assertive to find the details.
Ipads and Iphones are always on standby for any follow up questions or information. Smart phones sorting through trillions of bits of information with 4G services like www.
Photos and recording need to be taken because the front age story can change in a moment. Print journalists have the task of providing content for radio and online. Deadlines also influence them having a great internet connection outside the office. The top journalists always work on the go. Their whole day can be packed with interviews and daily deadlines. Articles are written while they wait around and they need to stay up to date on issues.
Twitter and Facebook are a journalist’s newsroom outside of the office. Politics and matters of national security are huge issues many comment on through social media. Many reporters also help each other out on Twitter. They can discuss a source’s credibility and relevance.
Journalism is also very unpredictable. For instance, an editor might want a video recording for online instead of an article out of nowhere. This demand could happen at anytime and a journalist needs to be ready to email a video of their interview. This can go for pictures because the photographer might have been held up.
Visually, online news looks much better if readers have a digital option. Most readers check out the news when they get home from work, they do not want to read. People prefer to watch an overview of the day’s news and they also want the choice to close their eyes and listen.